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The holidays may be over, but thankfully, January comes with a bit of a slow spell, allowing us to gradually ease our way into 2020 and what it has to offer. Rather than fret about not being busy enough, we suggest you sit back and enjoy this rare spell of not-quite-so-busy — trust us, it probably wouldn’t last. Of course, before your new projects kick off, and the society event invitations start piling up, now marks a great time to while away those wee hours between lunch and cocktails — with, of course, afternoon tea. 

As Bangkok’s five-star hotels and standout restaurants unveil their first new tea sets for 2020, the best options in Bangkok to try this January are all about reds — an ode to the upcoming Chinese New Year. From Chinese flavours, to divine, sweet treats, these are the top spots to be this month for high tea.

 

1
Orient Afternoon Tea at The St. Regis Bangkok

As we move away from New Year, and begin inching towards Chinese New Year, The St. Regis Bangkok is offering a special afternoon tea set inspired, inspired by authentic Chinese flavours. Those who frequent The Drawing Room at The St. Regis Bangkok for afternoon tea will know that the sets here are always beautifully designed, and this particular seasonal offering is no different. In an exquisite display of reds and motifs inspired by the Orient, expect filling savoury bites that range from lobster with chilli sauce in bao, and seared scallop with pumpkin sauce on crispy rice noodle, to even the likes of peking duck, BBQ pork in filo pastry, and a sandwich of cucumber and goji berries. Sweet-toothed visitors mustn’t miss out on the mandarin orange cake or ispahan macaron, while the almond and rose petal choux, and chocolate and plum jin yuanbao is also very worthy of mention.

THB1,600++ (includes tea or coffee for two). 2-5pm, until January 31, 2020. The St. Regis Bar and The Drawing Room, The St. Regis Bangkok Hotel. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2207 7777, or email fb.bangkok@stregis.com.

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10 Years of Lady in Red Edition Afternoon Tea at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

Fun fact about Siam Kempinski Hotel: for years and years, the hotel’s brand ambassadors are known for their striking red uniforms and even brighter smiles, to the point where the hotel is oft associated with the iconic red ‘Kempinski Lady’. As we celebrate the end of a decade, and the start of a new era, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok is reaching its own milestones, ringing in its tenth anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, the hotel is releasing a special afternoon tea edition — one that pays homage to the lady in red, through a red themed set of well-curated bites. Especially put together by talented pastry chef Franck Istel, expect sandwiches filled with smoked chicken, pistachio, and cream cheese, followed by a mouthwatering selection of canapes including quail egg salad, chervil on soft brioche bread, and salmon tartar on pumpernickel. Sweet treats include the limited edition Lady in Red macaron, matcha green tea cherry mini club, and of course, classic English scones among much, much more. 

THB1,010++ per person (includes a choice of Ronnefeldt tea or Lavazza coffee, and a limited edition Lady in Red teddy bear). 2-5pm, January 17 – 31, 2020. The Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2162 9000, or email hanuman.siambangkok@kempinski.com.

3
Tsubaki Afternoon Tea at The Okura Prestige Bangkok

As camellia flowers begin to bloom in Japan, The Okura Prestige’s Up & Above Bar has released its latest festive tea set, themed after the poetic and beautiful Japanese tsubaki. On  the savoury side, you have servings of crab roulade, joined by roast beef sandwiches with celery salad on beetroot bread, and classic smoked salmon and mimosa croissants. Of course, regulars at Up & Above will know that it’s in the desserts section where the chefs really get creative with the theme. This season, sweet treats include cherry mignardise, tsubaki-flavoured macarons, santonishiki black forest cake, and almond biscuits with yuzu clafoutis. Even the scones get a bit of a twist, this time coming as traditional Kyoho scones. The sets come nicely complemented with a choice of premium Mariage Frères teas, Saro or illy coffee. We highly recommend that you opt for the Darjeeling Rose Camellia tea — fruity and flavourful, there’s just a slight hint of rose petals that goes really well with the overall set. 

THB1,400++. 2-5pm, until March 31, 2020. Up & Above Bar, The Okura Prestige Bangkok. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2687 9000, or email upandabove@okurabangkok.com.

4
Chocolate Buffet at The Sukhothai Bangkok

So maybe you’re craving afternoon tea, but don’t want to be limited to just the little bites served — understandable, as we’ve just come back from a holiday of self-indulgence after all. If that’s the case, why not kick start your year by treating yourself to a chocolate buffet? Over at the Lobby Salon, The Sukhothai Bangkok’s Friday-thru-Sunday has become somewhat of a legendary pitstop for Bangkok-dwelling dessert lovers, and with the newly launched menu, it isn’t hard to see why. Expect the likes of triple chocolate crepe rolls, raspberry chocolate eclairs with popcorn and caramel, among many more indulgent, chocolate-dominated treats! Of course, savouries such as the four-cheese focaccias are also included — we recommend you start there, but be sure to leave room as desserts are clearly the highlight.

THB990++ per person. 2-5pm, Friday – Sunday. Lobby Salon, The Sukhothai Bangkok. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2344 8888, or email promotions@sukhothai.com.

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